Posted on Wednesday, July 18 2012 at 8am
Have you ever wondered what your town would look like knitted? It’s not necessarily something we’d freely admit to in non-knitting company, but us too!
So we’re a little bit jealous of the residents of Darlington, who now have their very own Wool Town.
Devised by local textile artist Becky Sunter, The Wool Town project brought together the town’s knitters to create a three-dimensional wall hanging. Becky encouraged volunteers to knit the buildings and landmarks they're passionate about.
In addition to Darlington's parks, residential areas and public buildings, the finished design draws on the town's textile heritage, which includes the Pease Woollen Mill and the Patons & Baldwins wool factory.
Images above and below provided by Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum
"Wool Town has brought together knitters of all ages and abilities and allowed them to share memories and experiences of living and working in Darlington as well as their love of knitting," Becky says. "It's been great seeing the Wool Town evolve and grow over the months, and a pleasure to meet such keen knitters and hear their memories and stories of their town.”
The completed creation is being showcased at key Darlington buildings, and is currently on display at the Centre for Local Studies at Crown Street Library.
“It's been lovely seeing the smiles and hearing comments as people recognise various landmarks," Becky comments.
The project will be relocating to Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum at the end of August 2012. If you’re in the area, make sue you take a look!
Becky Sunter also runs the thriving Knitting Café that will be our club of the month in Simply Knitting 98. If you belong to a knitting group and would like to be featured, please get in touch by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org